Fees for mobile phone and data services dropped again in 2014, according to the latest barometer published by IBPT (Belgian Institute of Post and Telecommunications Services). “The average price for a one-minute conversation on a mobile phone, for subscribers to a Belgian mobile network operator, dropped by 8.5% in 2014, compared to 2013. A text message is on average 4% more expensive in 2014, whereas prices for mobile data services registered the greatest decline in absolute terms: – 4.2 cents/MB, to reach 2.1 cents/MB”, explains IBPT in a press release. Belgium thus maintained its mid-level ranking for mobile phone fees in 2015.
Most pre-paid clients in Belgium (40% of mobile phone users) also pay average fees thanks to slight price reductions. Research by IBPT into the situation in several European countries (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, and the UK), shows that the UK is still the cheapest country in that market, and that France and Luxemburg are the most expensive.
Mobile internet fees (as a separate product) dropped sharply in Belgium as well as in other countries in 2014. In spite of falling prices, mobile internet services remain expensive compared to neighbouring countries.